PUBLIC POETRY PROJECT
A celebration of poems to the people
Does Poetry Matter?
By Christopher Bursk
"...the poem answers the question of the title in the affirmative without ever preaching to us, and it beautifully describes how someone behind bars can empower himself through poetry, clicking the door shut to his own poem — and by extension, clicking open that same door to all that lies beyond it — even as he himself has no key to his cell."
How To Fall in Love With Your Father
By Ross Gay
"Lyric, tender, open, elegaic... As a poem about family, masculinity, and, I think, the transference of power, it articulates that bone-deep connection between father and son. ...this poem shapes an age-old, inexpressible experience into language."
Used One Speed, Princeton
By Daisy Fried
"'Used One Speed, Princeton' is a poem that asks its reader to notice the detailed extravagance of what is seemingly unnoticeable. Fried is a poet who whispers her afternoon, gently, to the ears of her readers so that we may see how the afternoon lasts, how it lingers and intends."
Alba: The Archer Yi
By Brandon Som
"'Alba: The Archer Yi' is a tender and beautifully sculpted poem, its language so lush the reader can feel the physical shape and ache of its words rising up from the throat and arriving, finally and inevitably, in the mouth."
2007 Poetry Advisory Committee: William Brockman, William Joyce, Gabriel Welsch, Steven Herb
2007 Poetry Selection Committee: Gregory Djanikian, Terrance Hayes, Stacey Waite